Quick Answer: Will the NHL keep expanding?

Despite the talks, Daly reportedly stated the NHL is “not currently considering expansion nor do we have any intention or desire to relocate an existing franchise.”

Where Will NHL expand next?

Over the last three decades, the NHL’s expansion into the American Sun Belt has served to diversify the league’s geography and fan profile. Markets with high Latino populations such as Phoenix, Dallas-Fort Worth and Miami have reaped the benefits. Now, the league is poised to make its next ambitious leap: Mexico.

What city needs an NHL team?

Here are the top five candidates:

  • Quebec City, Quebec. While Quebec is the perfect fit for an NHL team, the NHL is more likely to put a team there via relocation as opposed to expansion. …
  • Hartford, Connecticut. …
  • Houston, Texas. …
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin. …
  • Kansas City, Missouri.

When was the last time the NHL expanded?

1992: The NHL expands again with the addition of the Ottawa Senators and Tampa Bay Lightning. The original Senators had played in the NHL from 1917-34.

Will the NHL expand to Europe?

For any professional sports league, growth is crucial. The NHL has shown that they know this by adding the Vegas Golden Knights in 2017-18 and the Seattle Kraken for the 2021-22 season. For the next expansion, the NHL needs to look bigger than North America.

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Are any NHL teams moving?

Seven active NHL teams are a product of relocation (Calgary Flames, New Jersey Devils, Dallas Stars, Colorado Avalanche, Phoenix Coyotes, Carolina Hurricanes, Winnipeg Jets).

What is the new NHL expansion team?

The NHL’s newest expansion team, the Seattle Kraken, continued to take shape on Wednesday night with the 2021 expansion draft.

What is the smallest NHL market?

Quebec City was, and would be still, the second-smallest city in North America with a professional sports franchise (the smallest is Green Bay, Wisc.).

Who owns the Seattle Kraken?

The Kraken’s ownership group, which includes billionaire David Bonderman and Amazon (AMZN) CEO Andy Jassy, paid a $650 million expansion fee to join the NHL. That was the largest amount ever paid to join the league and worth more than the estimated value of 20 NHL franchises.

When did the Seattle Kraken join the NHL?

Seattle was unanimously approved by the NHL’s Board of Governors as the league’s 32nd franchise in Dec. 2018, which placed them in the Pacific Division beginning in the 2021-22 season.

Will Wisconsin get a NHL team?

The Milwaukee Admirals are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League (AHL). They play in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States, at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Panther Arena.

Milwaukee Admirals
2021–22 AHL season
City Milwaukee, Wisconsin
League American Hockey League
Conference Western

What happened to the Oakland Seals?

The Seals were one of six teams added to the league as part of the 1967 NHL expansion. Based in Oakland, California, they played their home games at the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum Arena. However, the Seals were never successful at the gate, and eventually moved to Cleveland to become the Cleveland Barons in 1976.

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Why are NHL teams 31?

From 1942 to 1967, the league had only six teams, collectively (if not contemporaneously) nicknamed the “Original Six”. The NHL added six new teams to double its size at the 1967 NHL expansion. … It added its 31st and 32nd teams in 2017 and 2021, respectively.